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Kevin Ware eligible to play at Georgia State next season

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Georgia State will expect to win the Sun Belt next season thanks to Ware. (USATSI)

The NCAA has deemed Kevin Ware's transfer case worthy of a redshirt exemption, opting on Thursday to allow Ware to play next season.

His immediate eligibility means he'll likely start for the Georgia State Panthers; Ware transferred to GSU in mid-April after opting to leave Louisville in late March.

On Thursday morning, Ware tweeted the following:

Ware chose Atlanta-based GSU for familial reasons, and as we've seen so often in the past, the NCAA has heard the player's side of the story and chosen to approve a waiver for immediate eligibility.

Ware became a househould name nationally after he broke his leg (right tibia) in the 2013 Elite Eight, in Louisville's game against Duke. Despite being a role player, Ware went on to become the face of the Cardinals over the next two weeks as Louisville won the 2013 national title. Ware made appearances on national television, on shows that weren't even sports-slanted, and was invited to the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

But after grueling through rehab last year, Ware was unable to make full progress back with the team and ended up only playing nine games. He eventually sat out most of the season due to an aggravated foot injury.

Ware has two years of available playing time left in D-I.

Georgia State flirted with an NCAA Tournament birth last year, but fell in the Sun Belt title game. It went on to win 25 games after competing in the NIT. Expectations will be avenging the loss in the Sun Belt and reaching the big dance in 2015.

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